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  •  can you please tell us if his name is pronounced (7+ / 0-)

    "Tur-lock" or "Tur-lo" or some other way? One of my very first dates with my hubby was to go hear a concert of this music on hammered dulcimer, but we never heard anyone say his name.

    •  If It's Like "Lough" the GH is Probably Sounded (7+ / 0-)

      in the Irish way that English speakers turn into "ck." Soft and hissing over the back of the tongue.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:32:05 PM PDT

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    •  Turlough is pronounced TUR-low (7+ / 0-)

      However, if you hear a Gaelic speaker say it, there is an accent that does not do well on a native English-speaker's tongue.

      There variations of spelling on most surnames.  Back in those days, spelling was, shall we say, rather casual.  Part of the reason was that when some document was recorded by a scribe, magistrate or priest, it was spelled phonetically, as it sounded.  Many names entered in records of those times may appear to be different  people, when it fact is was the same person.  For example, in my research for this diary, I found an astonishing number of variations on the spelling of Carolan, which has now become the "standard" spelling.

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:39:13 PM PDT

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